Grant Opportunities

  • Before applying for any grant,  complete and submit  the Intent to Apply form to the Grants Department;



Pets in the Classroom Grant

Source: Petsmart, Petco, Petland, PetSupermarket, Pet Supplies Plus Applications: Now Accepting

Purpose: The purpose of these Grant are intended to support pets or aquariums in the classroom for the purposes of teaching children to bond with and care for their pets responsibly. The welfare of the small animals is of paramount importance. These grants must not be used for the purposes of research or experiments of any kind.

Note: Only small animals that reside in the classroom are eligible for this program. Dogs, cats, and other larger house pets do not qualify for this program. Dogs, cats, and other larger house pets do not qualify.  Science projects such as caterpillars/butterflies, worms/composting and chicken egg hatching projects are not considered pets in the classroom and do not qualify for this program. No animals classified as livestock will qualify.

USA Track & Field Foundation Youth Club Grant
Source: USATF
Application Deadline: December 31; and April 30
To provide funds for the use of equipment; uniforms, meet fees, travel, facility rental, staff and volunteer training and outreach.
Award: Amounts vary based on your specific need

Captain Planet Foundation: EcoTech Grant
Source: Captain Planet Foundation
Application Deadline: Opens July 16 closes January 15 and 
                                                   Opens January 16 closes July 15
Purpose: To provide hands-on-environmental stewardship opportunities for youth; serve as a catalyst to getting environment based education is schools; and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.
Award: Ut to $2,500

Fund For Teachers
Source: Fund for Teachers
Application Deadline: January 31, 2019 (5:00 PM CST)
Purpose: Grants are for Pre-K-12th grade teachers to pursue self-designated professional learning.
Must be a full-time Pre-*K-12th grade teacher, curriculum specialist, curriculum head, Special Education coordinator, media/specialist/librarian, or other type of educator who spends at least 50% of your time directly teaching students; You are returning to the classroom in the consecutive school year; and You have at least 3 years of teaching experience.

Award:  Up to $5,000 (Individuals); up to $10,000 (Teams)

AASL Innovative Reading Grant
Source: American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Purpose: To support the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading ,especially with struggling readers.
Award: $2,500

Learning and Leadership Grants
Source: The NEA Foundation
Application Deadline: February 1; June 1; October 15
To support National Education Association members who are public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: to individuals to fund participation in high-quality professional development; experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action research; Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, ore mentoring experiences for faculty or staff. 
Award$2,000 (individuals); $5,000 (groups)

NSTA - Shell Science Lab Challenge
Source: National Science Teachers Association
Application Deadline: February 4, 2019 (Noon EST)
Purpose: To showcase the work of teachers, representing their schools, who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences with limited equipment/resources, and award teachers/schools with additional tools, resources, and rich professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality science teaching and strengthen their existing capabilities.

Award:  Lab Makeover support package valued at $20, 000

AEP Teacher Vision Grants

Source: American Electric Power
Application Deadline: February 22, 2019
Purpose: To fund projects with a special interest in science, mathematics, technology, electrical safety, the balanced study of energy and the environment, and energy efficiency.
Award: $100 - $500

2019 Nila Banton Smith Teacher as Researcher Grant

Source: International Literacy Association
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
To support teacher who show outstanding leadership in translating theory and current research into practice in developing content area literacy.
Note: All applicants must be members of the International Literacy Association and practicing PreK-12 teachers with full time or permanent half time teaching responsibilities.(This includes librarians, Title 1 teachers, classroom teachers, literacy coaches, and resource teachers; classroom teachers will be given preference).


Teacher Recognition Grant
Source: International Literacy Association
Application Deadline: March 15, 2017
Purpose: A grant that honors an outstanding mainstream, elementary classroom teacher
dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing across the curriculum
in real world contexts in grades K-6 (ages 5-12).
Note: Teachers must be a member of the ILA and teach in a school where at least 60 percent
of students are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch.
Award: $2500

ILA Erwin Zolt Digital Literacy Game Changer Award
Source: Nina Zolt and Miles Gilburne
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
To honor literacy game changers in online collaboration who are making an outstanding and innovative contribution to the use of technology in literacy education.
Award: $5,000


Baseball Tomorrow Fund
Source: Baseball Tomorrow Fund
Application Deadline: July 1/ October 1/ January 1/
April 1
To provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, and to finance a new program, expand  or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.  Not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities.
Award: TBD

Chef Ann Foundation Mission Nutrition Fruit and Veggie Grants
Chef Ann Foundation
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Purpose:To help school districts expand their commitment to serving fresh fruits and vegetables. School use the grants to implement salad bars as part of their daily meal programs.
Award: $2,955 (approx.)

Classic for Kids Foundation
Source: Classic for Kids Foundation
Application Deadlines: June 30, September 30, December 31, March 31
Purpose: To empower young people to shape positive futures through music, build sustainable stringed instrument music programs, and provide grants for high-quality instruments.

Houston CPA Society Helping Schools Grants
Source: Houston CPA Society
Application Information: Request Grant Application from Carol Spencer CHS Staff Liaison
Purpose: To encourage CPA's to become actively involved with the education of the youth in Texas. Financial Grants are provided to numerous schools where it has been identified that there is little or no significant business partnership.
Award: TBD

Discover Financial Services: Pathway to Financial Success
Source: Discover Financial Services
Purpose: To bring financial education into high school classrooms, so kids can learn to make smart financial decisions and achieve their goals. We also offer resources to teach personal finance to grades K-12.

DiscoverE Collaboration Grants Program
Source: DiscoverE
Application Deadline: Rolling
To facilitate collaboration within the engineering community and to engage youth (particularly underserved K-12) with hands-on learning experiences and events that inspire an interest and understanding of engineering.
Award: $1000

Healthy Choices Grant
Oliver Foundation
Application Deadline: Rolling
(October 15) (April 15) (July 15)
The purpose of the grant is to encourage children, families and communities in Texas to improve the eating and physical activities patters of Pre-school, Elementary, Middle School and High School students. 
Recommend that organizations apply at least eight weeks prior to the start of their particular season or program to ensure the desired equipment can be accessed and shipped on time.
Award: Level 1
Level 2 $3,000- $5,000

Home Depot Community Impact Grant
Source: Home Depot
Application Deadline: Rolling
Purpose: To improve
Award: Grants are given in the form of the Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and are required to be complete within six months of approval date.

Good Sports Equipment Program
Source: Good Sports
Application Deadline: Rolling
Purpose: To provide athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. 
NOTE: Recommend that organizations apply at least eight weeks prior to the start of their particular season or program to ensure the desired equipment can be accessed and shipped on time.
Award: Equipment, apparel and footwear

Texas Music Teachers Association
Source: Texas Music Association
Application Deadline: Ongoing
:Disaster Relief Grant: Funds for affected music teachers who need assistance in re-establishing  their studios (music, instruments, etc.) after a natural disaster.
Awards: up to $1,000

Fender Music Foundation Instrument Grant Program
Source: Fender Music Foundation
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Purpose: Awards instruments and equipment to music instruction programs that are part of 501(c) 3 organizations or public schools in the United States. The organization is currently awarding acoustic guitars, electric guitars, acoustic-electric guitars, bass guitars and the equipment necessary to play these instruments. However, other traditional music instruments are sometimes available.
Awards: Musical instruments

Fruit Tree 101
Source: Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) and Stretch Island Fruit Co.
Application Deadline: Rolling
Purpose: Brings fruit tree orchards (about 20-25 trees minimum) to schools to improve the surrounding environment and provide a local source of healthy nutrition. FTPF helps coordinate all aspects of the planting, and offers an inspirational,educational experience for volunteers interested in learning more about tree sand a fun, age-appropriate curriculum, emphasizing the importance of trees for the environment and fruit in the diet.
Awards: Trees, materials, orchard installation design work, and onsite environmental curriculum

Humanities Texas Grants
Source: Humanities Texas Grants
Application Cycle: Rolling
Purpose: To pay for the services of a humanities consultant or exhibit designer, or to develop public programming related to an unexpected local, national, or international event.
Award: $1,500

Hungry For Music Grant
Source: Hungry for Music
Application Deadline:Ongoing
Purpose: Hungry for Music provides musical instruments to individuals, schools, and community music programs that cannot afford them.
Awards: Musical instruments

After-School Athletic Programs
Source: Justin J. Watt Foundation
Application Deadline: Spring sports (Baseball, Softball, Track) Apply: Nov., Jan. & Feb
                                      Fall sports (Football, Soccer, Cheer) Apply: Mar., Apr., & May
                                    Winter Sports (Basketball, Wrestling, Volleyball) Apply: Aug. Sept. & Oct.
Purpose:To provide after-school opportunities for middle-school aged children in the community to become involved in athletics, so that they may learn the character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance, while in a safe and supervised environment with their peers.
Award: Case by case basis

Kinder Morgan Foundation, K-12 Academic, Arts Programs
Source: Kinder Morgan Foundation
Application Deadline:  Rolling, every 10th of every month (notified 60-90 days)
The purpose of this grant is to provide children and youth with opportunities to learn and grow.  The foundation’s goal is to help today’s science, math, and music students become the engineers, educators, and musicians who will support their communities for years to come. Grant will be awarded for academic programs, including tutoring; and arts education programs.
Award: up to $5,000

Learning & Leadership Grants
Source: National Education Association Foundation
Application Deadlines: Yearly (Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15 )
Purpose: To support public school teachers and education support professionals by funding participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research. All professional development must improve practice, curriculum, and student achievement. Preference given to NEA members.
Awards: $2,000

Student Achievement Grants
Source: The NEA Foundation
Application Deadline(s): February 1; June 1; October 15
Purpose: To support proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects. To enable educators to take the lead on a wide range of projects to improve student learning.
Award: $2,000 and $5,000

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools
Source: Chef Ann Foundation
Application Deadline:Ongoing
Purpose: To help schools to incorporate salad bars into school lunches so that every child has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  Salad bar grants will be awarded based on a formula that takes into account:
A) readiness to implement a salad bar lunch program, and
B) application date.
It can take up to 12 months after approval to be fully funded.
Awards: Fully-equipped 72”, 5-well insulated salad bar

Lisa Libraries Foundation
Source: Lisa Libraries Foundation
Application Deadline:Ongoing
Purpose: The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas, such as day-care centers, homeless shelters, and after-school programs. In general, the Lisa Libraries has a strong interest in supporting small, grass-roots organizations.
Awards: Books

Office Depot Foundation Grants
Source: Office Depot Foundation
Application Deadline:Rolling
: The Office Depot Foundation is providing backpacks and sackpacks to deserving children in grades K-5.Preference is given to proposals that represent collaborations between two or more organizations. The majority of grants will be in the vicinity of $1,000 and be supported by in-kind donations when inventory allows.
Awards: Amount not specified

SC Johnson Grant
Source: SC Johnson
Application Deadline: Rolling
Purpose: Assist existing non-profit organization or programs focused on defined areas of interest including education, social services, environment, community development, arts and culture, and health.
Award: Not stated

SPARK School Park Program
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Purpose: To help public schools develop school playgrounds into neighborhood parks and to empower local communities to make changes and improvements to their neighborhoods. In January or February of each year, the SPARK staff makes a site visit to all schools that have applied in the past year to discuss the request with the principal and other interested parties. The neighborhood must demonstrate a willingness to help plan and fund the park. Site selection is made in March.
NOTE: In January or February of each year, the SPARK staff makes a site visit to all schools that have applied in the past year to discuss the request with the principal and other interested parties. Site visits by SPARK staff confirm existing relationships between school and community—through churches, businesses, and civic clubs. The neighborhood must demonstrate a willingness to help plan and fund the park.
Awards: not specified

Toshiba Grants for Grades 6 –12
Source:Toshiba America Foundation
Application Deadlines: Requests < $5,000 – anytime;
                                        Requests > $5,000: February 1 and August 1
Purpose: To support science and math education by funding classroom projects which provide students with the opportunity to "do science" in new ways that promise to increase their engagement with the subject matter and improve their learning.
Awards: up to $5,000 – or - $5,000 and over

Wells Fargo Foundation Grant
Source: Wells Fargo Foundation
Application Deadline: Rolling
Purpose: To support organizations working to strengthen our communities. 
To promote academic achievement for low-and moderate-income students with a priority emphasis on K-12 ; provide training for teachers and administrators working with low-and moderate-income students; and encourage school partnerships with parents and guardians, the local community, and the business community. 
Award: No referenced

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